An Integrated Approach
California is moving towards implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). CNUSD teachers and administrators are closely following the progression of the standards and will be having critical conversations regarding which approach we will be taking. At this time, CNUSD uses the Discipline Specific Model. Science classrooms also implement the California Common Core Standards for Literacy, as students learn to approach literacy from the perspective of scientists.
STEM IN THE CLASSROOM
Jill Phillips is a fourth grade teacher at Vandermolen Elementary School in Jurupa Valley.
Vandermolen has enrichment rotations every day for 30 minutes. During this time, Jill engages her students with STEM activities, such as the free hour of code challenges on code.org. Most recently, she was able to obtain a class set of 10 Bee-Bot robots, which provided even more opportunities for students to design, program, and complete coding challenges. According to Jill, “First, second, and third graders are capable of so much when they work in groups coding their Bee-Bots. They learn and use (technical) vocabulary and treat each other like teammates. Our next steps will be students designing their own number challenge called Can You Make It?"
Thank you, Jill, for sharing your excitement for Science and for bringing out the very best in our students each and every day. You rock!
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